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The FBC aims to promote greater bilateral defence co-operation through an annual conference, focused meetings and by providing this forum for the exchange and cross fertilisation of ideas.


Date: 3rd March 2016


The Prime Minister and President Hollande discussed UK-France co-operation on counter-terrorism, migration, defence and nuclear energy. More here

Date: 1st March 2016

Britain as a Global Actor After Brexit

The LSE has launched a Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe. This consists of a series policy-oriented hearings, intended to be an authoritative contribution to the referendum debate and which will contribute to an LSE Commission report on the subject. Claire Chick, head of Defence at the FBC, will discuss the assets of the Franco-British Defence partnership in the hearing commission on Britain as a global actor after Brexit. 

Date: 7th February 2016

Europe: Problème ou Solution?

On the occasion of the annual colloque Les Entretiens Européens d'Enghien organised by IRIS, FBC’s Claire Chick participated in RFI’s Carrefour de l’Europe. The programme considered different European perspectives on whether Europe is a problem or a solution. Listen to Claire on Radio France Internationale (RFI) here. Claire

Date: 13th January 2016

Qui dirige l'Europe?

The annual colloque organised by the French institute IRIS -Les Entretiens Européens d'Enghien- will tackle the key European issues raised in 2016. Claire Chick will contribute to the first panel chaired by Director Pascal Boniface, and will question the Franco-British defence partnership in the political EU, potentially challenged by the forthcoming UK referendum.  Saturday 6 February 2016, Enghien, France

Date: 26th November 2015

Britain, France needs you in this fight against ISIS

In The Guardian, French Secretary of State for Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, asks Britain to come along with France in its fight against ISIS.  "On 13 November, France was struck at its very heart. These terrorist actions were the bloodiest and most horrifying attacks France has experienced in more than half a century. They caused hundreds of casualties, including one British citizen, brought devastation to their loved ones and outraged millions of...More  

Date: 2nd November 2015

The Lancaster House Treaties, Five years on

Interview with Sir Peter Ricketts, British Ambassador to France: Is solidarity the defining characteristic of the Lancaster House treaties? Has the partnership proved resilient? Do you believe in a Franco-British leadership in defence? Is Libya a topic.......Read more

Date: 23rd October 2015

La défense de l'Europe sans les Britanniques: YES or NO ?

Few Europeans would have wagered on the relevance of this question in 1998. But in 2015 the prospect of "Brexit" could threaten to unravel the web of security in the European Union ( EU). Should we be worried?   This article by Dr Claire Chick, Head of Defence at the FBC, appears in the latest issue of the Défense & Sécurité Internationale journal. 

Date: 22nd October 2015

Forces britanniques: la décennie perdue?

A special issue on British forces from the French DSI journal (Défense et Sécurité Internationale), October 2015. Available at

Date: 8th September 2015

2015 Franco-British Defence Report

Should terrorism be tackled by the Lancaster House treaties? How will the next UK Strategic Defence and Security Review take into account the Franco-British Defence partnership? Are France and Britain ready to deploy together? Can both countries share combat aviation? Report of the 2015 Defence conference available in French & and in English   

Date: 30th June 2015

Would "Brexit" spell the end of European defence?

 Britain and France are nuclear powers, partners in NATO and the EU, permanent members of the UN Security Council, and are Europe’s leading security actors. Together they represent the EU’s best (only?) hope of building a Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and, finally, sharing with the US the burden of collective Western defence in an increasingly unstable

Date: 31st March 2015

FILM - 2015 FBC Annual Conference, 11 & 12 March, London

 Click the link below to access the film of the  2015 FBC Annual Conference 

Date: 31st March 2015

PHOTOS- 2015 FBC Annual Conference, 11 & 12 March, London

Franco-British Defence 2015

Date: 12th March 2015

Fifth Annual Defence Conference

11/12 March 2015, London  Experts and decision makers from the military, government, industry and academia gathered to discuss the past, present, and future of the bilateral defence relationship. Many thanks to our sponsors the MoD, BAE Systems, Dassault, and to SE Sylvie Bermann for hosting the conference, and to all who helped make this "an excellent event of great value" (ACM Sir Andrew Pulford). The conference report will be published in the summer.

Date: 10th March 2015


Général Denis Mercier and Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford talk about the impact of the Lancaster House treaties on their close partnership and the challenge of a joint integrated deployment.

Date: 21st January 2015

Claire Chick on the 2014 NATO Summit

Dr Claire Chick, head of defence at the FBC, examines the implications of the 2014 NATO summit for Britain’s defence relationship with France, and how EU operations in the Sahel and an EU role for the Franco-British CJEF may provide the platform to strengthen and publicise the achievements of the bilateral defence partnership. Full article available here.

Date: 21st October 2014

Napoleon and Wellington in War and Peace

To celebrate the bicentenary of the Paris Embassy, a one day conference on Napoleon and Wellington in War and Peace was organised. Dr Claire Chick, Head of Defence, attended for the FBC. Conference programme in English or in French

Date: 27th August 2014


Do we need to envisage strategic convergence between London and Paris ? Can the Franco-British leadership in defence be applied within international bodies ? Will France and Britain impact crisis management in Africa ? Report of the 2014 Defence conference available in French & English

Date: 24th May 2014

FILM & PHOTOS / FBC annual defence conference

You can view here a short film  of the 2014 Franco-British defence conference held at the residence of the British Ambassador in Paris. To browse the album of the annual meeting click on "Gallery".  

Date: 15th April 2014

Doing Business Together

This conference is intended to support the industry objectives of the 2010 UK-France Defence and Security Co- operation Treaty but it will also address business opportunities across a wide range of industry sectors including, aerospace, space, security, energy, transportation and manufacturing. 4th and 5th June 2014, Hertfordshire, UK. Flyer & Programme

Date: 3rd April 2014

2014 FBC Annual Defence Conference

Paris, 2 & 3 April 2014. Building on the Lancaster House treaties, the Franco-British Council is drawing together senior defence policy makers from the military, industry, academia and the governments in our fouth annual review designed to deliver concrete progress in the bilateral defence relationship. Programme.

Date: 31st March 2014

British Army and Armée de Terre: Hand in Glove in 2016?

The FBC is in conversation with General Sir Peter Wall and Général Bertrand Ract-Madoux to evaluate the current relationship between the two armies and question their achievements in terms of bilateral interoperability. 

Date: 6th March 2014


This dossier published by the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain provides a broad summary of the Franco-British initiative in defence. Three years on, it aims to help the reader understand how and why the French and British decided to work together, what has been achieved and what is yet to come.

Date: 1st March 2014

Entente Cordiale 2014 / PARIS

We are organising a Franco-British Summit on International Relations, Defence and Conflict Resolution in Paris on the 14th and 15th of March 2014, which will gather 130 students from both sides of the Channel. It will be an opportunity to reflect upon Franco-British relations and conflict resolution in general. The format will include conferences, workshops with experts, and networking events.

Date: 10th February 2014

Time to build a new special relationship between Washington, London and Paris

Should a trilateral cooperation complement the 2010 Lancaster House treaties? "Strengthening America’s entente pragmatique with our oldest ally can strengthen the transatlantic alliance as a whole" say Admiral James Stavridis and Leo Michel.

Date: 31st January 2014

2014 Franco-British Summit

The UK and France have agreed to strengthen defence co-operation following a summit at RAF Brize Norton. A communiqué signed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande sets out plans for closer ties between the 2 countries. More.

Date: 30th January 2014

Français et Britanniques font de la défense le socle de leur entente

Organiser un sommet politique sur une base militaire avec démonstration de matériel dernier cri, drone et avion de transport stratégique : à Brize Norton, dans l'Oxfordshire, vendredi 31 janvier, Paris et Londres ont voulu soigner la vitrine de leur relation bilatérale de défense . By Nathalie Guibert et Thomas Wieder

Date: 29th January 2014

Make-or-Break Year for a Partnership

Is the new Franco-British order in defence to be taken seriously? Just a few days from the 2014 bilateral summit, France and Britain have to show a great deal of determination to give credit to the challenging defence partnership. By Claire Chick

Date: 12th November 2013

St Malo and European Security and Defence: Much Ado about Nothing?!

Will France and the UK determine the future of European security cooperation ? This report looks at how both countries changed considerably since adopting the St Malo declaration and how they match their future ambitions as European powers with global reach.  

Date: 1st November 2013

Third Anniversary of The Lancaster House Treaties

The UK Defence Forum organises a briefing dinner on the Lancaster House Treaties on Tuesday 5th November 2013 in the House of Commons. This event is co-sponsored by the APPG for France.  

Date: 16th October 2013

Typhoon and Mirage Ensemble above Northern England

Exercise Capable Eagle is the air component of Exercise Joint Warrior, a twice yearly, multinational, tri-service military exercise - one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.This year is the first time it has been led by a joint team of French and British air commanders, a move that paves the way to continued cooperation and training at a strategic level.The new JOINT WARRIOR exercise involved the air component with a combined RAF/FAF endeavour from the headquarters level (Joint Forces

Date: 3rd October 2013

Defence Conference on Europe in Paris

The Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Administratives et Politiques (CERAP, Université Paris 13- Sorbonne Paris Cité) will  hold an international conference on Friday 8 November 2013 in Paris, questioning the strategic autonomy of the European Union and assessing intergovernmental cooperations in defence, whether bilateral or multilateral. Registration & Programme

Date: 1st October 2013

EDA-Egmont PhD Prize

The European Defence Agency (EDA) in partnership with the Egmont Institute invite submissions for the 2nd annual EDA-Egmont PhD Prize in European Defence, Security and Strategy.  Junior experts on Franco-British defence cooperation might be interested to apply. 

Date: 15th September 2013

French and British Air forces continue to work closely together

On Sunday 15 September 2013, Air Vice Marshal Stuart Atha visited Paris to attend the Battle of Britain Ravivage under the Arc de Triomphe with the French Air Chief, General Mercier.The Ravivage is a nightly ceremony that focuses on the Flamme at the Arc de Triomphe but is adapted to the particular occasion being commemorated.  It is highly choreographed

Date: 9th September 2013


Will 2014 be the year of an enhanced bilateral strategic coherence with France’s potential participation to the British SDSR? In industry, boost in the missile sector might serve the area of combat aircraft, and on the FASGW dossier, the specialisation process will be under scrutiny. About capabilities, Europe will be a major challenge for convergence, but to what extent?  French & English 

Date: 25th July 2013

European Defence Technological and Industrial Base

In this FRS publication, Dr Helene Masson from France and British Analyst Keith Hartley (amongst other contributors) give food for thought on the EDTIB concept and highlight some contradictory approaches.

Date: 14th June 2013

Gallery of the 2013 Annual Defence Conference

Photos of the third edition of the FBC defence conference ready to be browsed!

Date: 16th May 2013

2013 FBC Annual Defence Conference

Thursday 16 May 2013, Residence of the French Ambassador, London: Building on the Lancaster House treaties, the Franco-British Council drew together senior defence policy makers from the military, industry, academia and the governments in our third annual review designed to deliver concrete progress in the bilateral defence relationship.     Click

Date: 13th May 2013

Philip Hammond and Jean-Yves Le Drian on Bilateral Defence

British and French Secretaries of State for Defence discuss mutual cooperation in Mali, Pooling and Sharing equipment with constrained finances across Europe and how to face identical challenges ahead.

Date: 30th April 2013

Defence Cooperation – UK Welcomes France’s Defence White Paper

UK Foreign and Defence Secretaries welcomed France’s Defence White Paper, which sets out its vision for French Armed Forces.

Date: 11th March 2013

L'Indispensable Rapprochement de Nos Outils de Défense

James Arbuthnot MP, Sénateur Jean-Louis Carrère et Lord Teverson livrent leurs réflexions sur le travail parlementaire en commun à entreprendre pour soutenir le développement de la coopéraiton franco-britannique de défense.

Date: 1st March 2013

UK-France "Entente Frugale" Defense Pact Here to Stay

Dubbed the "entente frugale" by wags and criticized by some as a dangerous dilution of military sovereignty, Franco-British defense cooperation is nonetheless growing stronger. By Mohammed Abbas and Mark John

Date: 8th February 2013

French Cadets face UK Army Training

The Army's largest brigade has played host to a group of French officer cadets to give them a taste of British military training.

Date: 30th January 2013

Mali Crisis: Britain's Treaty Obligations to France?

As the UK sends 330 personnel to assist France's military intervention in Mali, there are real concerns that, like Afghanistan, the UK will be mired in another intractable conflict. However, the strategic conditions are very different for this to happen and it is wrong to assume there will be mission creep. By Michael Codner, Senior Research Fellow, Director, Military Sciences

Date: 28th January 2013

2e RIMa: Exercice Franco-Britannique Gaelic Venture

Du 28 janvier au 1er février 2013, dans le cadre de la coopération franco-britannique, le 2e régiment d’infanterie de marine (2e RIMa) a reçu une compagnie du 42 Royal Marines Commando, avec laquelle il est jumelé.

Date: 14th January 2013

UK Support to French Forces in Mali

British Ambassador in Paris, HE Sir Peter Ricketts, talks about Britain's logistic help to the French action in Mali.

Date: 17th December 2012

An American Perspective on French-British Defense Cooperation

Leo G. Michel from the Institute for National Strategic Studies in Washington.DC  looks at cross-currents in French defense and U.S. interests and asks if  Lancaster House treaties  can open a new route to European Defense.

Date: 7th December 2012

St Malo’s impetus for European Security and Defence: Much Ado about Nothing?

More than a decade after St Malo, the University of Cambridge aims to revisit the expectations raised at the Franco-British summit in 1998. Emyr Jones Parry and Jacques Audibert, the two diplomats responsible for drafting the document have been invited to this workshop to share their insights. 

Date: 8th November 2012

Looking Forwards: UK-French Defence and Security Relations in Changing Times

The Defence Attaché at the French Embassy to the United Kingdom, Rear-Admiral Henri Schricke, addressed a meeting of defence and security specialists in London hosted by Professor Edward Spiers and Dr Rachel Utley of the School of History, University of Leeds. Rear-Admiral Schricke spoke in particular about the future of UK-French defence cooperation in the aftermath of the May 2012 presidential elections in France,

Date: 26th October 2012

CORSICAN LION: Déclaration commune

Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de la Défense français et Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, son homologue britannique, ont pris part le 26 octobre 2012 à l’exercice Corsican Lion, débuté le 17 octobre dernier. A cette occasion ils ont fait une déclaration commune.  Photo Marine nationale

Date: 18th October 2012

Franco-British Interparliamentary Group on Defence in London

Members of the four defence commissions from French and British Parliament met in the House of Lords to discuss scrutiny road map for 2012-2013. The FBC  'In conversation with'  Patricia Adam, James Arbuthnot, Robin Teverson and Jean-Louis Carrère will be available shortly.